Timeline – 1971 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 5, 1971.

The Sunday page above features Trixie in her fully developed stage. She didn’t always look like this.

When Mort Walker and Dik Browne started designing Hi and Lois in 1954, they had different ideas about the way the characters should appear. “Dik drew in a clean, modern style which I thought would give a whole new look to the comics,” Mort recollected. “In the beginning he had a very high tech look, with angular lines. It turned out to be a little too sterile for Hi and Lois and eventually he began to draw rounder and cuter.”

Timeline – 1970 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 5, 1970.

Four years after the debut of Hi and Lois, Mort Walker came up with the idea to share Trixie’s thoughts with readers and introduced the innovation in November 1958. To see these historic strips go to: http://hiandlois.com/2014/05/16/the-thinking-baby/

In the next decade, Trixie’s personality continued to evolve. Most of the time she was sweet and innocent but occasionally she could be feisty and combative, as in the episode above. After feeling neglected by her friend the sunbeam, Trixie decides to play hard to get but sunbeam is persistent. Their relationship was not always sunny and bright. After these spats, they inevitably patched things up.

Timeline – 1967 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 16, 1967.

“Where do you get your ideas?” is the question that readers most often ask cartoonists. There is no simple answer.

Mort Walker, in the 1986 book, The Best of Hi and Lois, provided some insights into his process. “The main ingredient in humor is the revelation of human nature – it’s frailties, its reasoning power – and the interrelationships between characters,” Mort explained. “Mostly what we do in Hi and Lois is focus on the conflicts between different family members due to their age differences. You get a lot of gags out of the way people reason and do things. It’s human nature you’re after.”